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Arizona Inventors, Innovators - AZ Business Magazine November/December 2011

Arizona Inventors, Innovations Leave Indelible Mark In American History

Arizona inventors and innovations leave an indelible mark in American history

Arizona may have been one of the last states to join the Union, but in its first 100 years, it’s been a leader in revolutionizing America. From nature’s mysteries to healthcare miracles, from sports to education and the exploration of outer space, Arizonans have had a hand in shaping our lives and the way we view the world.

Arizona Inventors & Innovators:

Name that sound

Arizona Inventors, Karsten Solheim
Frustrated with his putting, avid golfer Karsten Solheim created his “Ping” putter in 1959, named for the sound created when the putter hit the golf ball. Two years later, he moved from California to Arizona and continued to revolutionize golf. His success led to the start of a company that still calls Phoenix home today.

Rings of time

A.E. Douglass, an American astronomer, began researching the idea of tree-ring dating, or dendrochronology, prior to Arizona’s statehood. But the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona wasn’t formed until 1937. He is credited with pinpointing the age of ruins that include the Aztec Ruins in New Mexico and the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings in Colorado.

A,B,C and 1,2,3

Joan Ganz Cooney, who received her B.A. degree in education from the University of Arizona in 1951, was part of a team who captured the hearts and imaginations of children around the world with the development of Sesame Workshop, creators of the popular “Sesame Street,” now in its 42nd season.

Mars brought to life

Launched into space in August 2008, the Phoenix Mars Lander was the first mission to Mars led by an academic institution, which was the University of Arizona and its principal investigator, Peter Smith, a professor at the school’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.

Heart to heart

Arizona Inventors, Jack Copeland, artificial heart - AZ Business Magazine November/December 2011
The first successful surgery and use of an artificial heart was conducted at the University Medical Center in Tucson by Dr. Jack Copeland in 1985. His patient lived nine days using the Jarvik 7 Total Artificial Heart before he received a donor heart.

The ripe test

Dr. Mark Riley at the University of Arizona has developed a sticker that, when placed on fruit or vegetables that emit ethylene gas, will change color. If the fruit is ripe, the sticker will appear dark blue. Once the fruit stops producing the gas, the color fades. The color change takes just a couple of minutes. Tests have been successful on both apples and pears, but the stickers aren’t available yet to consumers.

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Best of the Best Awards 2011, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

Best of the Best Awards 2011: Manufacturing & Technology

Winner: The Go Daddy Group Inc.

Go Daddy, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 Go Daddy is the world’s No. 1 Web hosting provider and domain name registrar. Go Daddy has more than 4 million hosting customers and offers innovative Grid Hosting technology. Go Daddy is also one of the largest website design companies on the planet. Whether customers want to build their own site or tap the “Dream Design” team to build their website, Go Daddy makes it easy. Go Daddy CEO and Founder Bob Parsons’ philosophy is to provide quality, low-priced products and back them up with 24/7 U.S.-based customer support. It’s a formula that makes it easy and affordable to create and maintain websites. The company has more than 8.6 million customers worldwide and offers more than 56 products.

Year Est: 1997
AZ Staff: 2,700+
Principal(s): Bob Parsons

Godaddy Logo, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 14455 N. Hayden Rd., #219
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
480-505-8800 www.GoDaddy.com



Finalist: PING

Ping, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 PING designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of golf equipment, including metal woods, irons, putters and golf bags. The family-owned company was founded in 1959 in the garage of the late Karsten Solheim, a mechanical engineer with an extensive background in the aerospace and computer industries. His frustration with his putting inspired him to design his own putter, which created a “pinging” sound when striking a golf ball — a sound now synonymous with innovation, quality and service in the world of golf. The company employs 800 people in Arizona under the direction of Solheim’s youngest son, John A. Solheim. PING game-improvement products can be found in more than 70 countries.
Year Est: 1959
AZ Staff: 800
Principal(s): John A. Solheim
Ping logo, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 2201 W. Desert Cove Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85029
602-687-5000 · www.ping.com


Finalist: The Boeing Company

Boeing, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 Doing business for nearly 30 years in Arizona, The Boeing Company in Mesa is a world leader in the development of rotorcraft technologies, producing the most advanced, multi-role helicopter, the AH-64D Apache, as well as the A160T Hummingbird unmanned rotorcraft. The site is also a Strategic Manufacturing Center producing electrical assemblies and composite parts for a wide range of Boeing products. People working at the company’s Global Strike business facility in Mesa fulfill the needs of customers in the U.S. and around the globe, pioneering development of rotorcraft technologies and platforms, such as the AH-6 Light Attack/Reconnaissance helicopter and the H-6U.
Year Est: 1981
AZ Staff: 4,700
Principal(s): Tommy Filler, acting VP, Apache & AH-6
Boeing Logo, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 5000 E. McDowell Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85215
480-891-3000 www.boeing.com


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